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Alex Jones Liable by Default in Sandy Hook Defamation Suit

The families of Sandy Hook victims are suing Jones in both Texas and Connecticut courts

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Infowars founder Alex Jones has lost another defamation lawsuit pertaining to his claims regarding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting. A Connecticut state court found Jones liable by default handing a victory to the families of eight people killed. 

The reason for Judge Barbara Bellis giving this verdict is due to Jones not handing over financial and analytics data requested on various occasions by the Sandy Hook family plaintiffs.

“All the defendants have failed to fully and fairly comply with their discovery obligations,” Bellis said.

The families of Sandy Hook victims are suing Jones in both Texas and Connecticut courts over his past claims where he stated that the tragedy was a hoax and that it was a staged event. Jones has since admitted that the shooting did occur.

“While the families are grateful for the Court’s ruling, they remain focused on uncovering the truth. As the Court noted, Alex Jones and his companies have deliberately concealed evidence of the relationship between what they publish and how they make money,” Chris Mattei of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, which represents the plaintiffs said. 

“Mr. Jones was given every opportunity to comply but, when he chose instead to withhold evidence for more than two years, the Court was left with no choice but to rule as it did today. While today’s ruling is a legal victory, the battle to shed light on how deeply Mr. Jones has harmed these families continues.”

The cases will now transition to a hearing and damages. Jones did address the verdict on his Monday show. “We need to defend all of our speech rights to say whatever it is we wish. That’s the First Amendment,” Jones said. 

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NBC News Chicago Launches 24/7 Streaming Channel on Peacock

The free streaming channel will broadcast from the NBC Tower studios of WMAQ-Channel 5, providing Chicago news, weather, sports, investigative reporting, lifestyle content, and storytelling. 

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Chicagoans will now have a 24/7 local news streaming channel branded NBC Chicago News which is now live on the company’s streaming platform Peacock. 

The free streaming channel will broadcast from the NBC Tower studios of WMAQ-Channel 5, providing Chicago news, weather, sports, investigative reporting, lifestyle content, and storytelling. 

“It’s pivotal today to make sure we engage and serve our viewers wherever they are with our local news programming,” Kevin Cross, president and general manager of NBC Universal Local Chicago, said in a statement

“The addition of NBC Chicago News to the Peacock channel lineup gives us the access we need to consumers as they continue to diversify their preferences of platforms and media.”

Chicago isn’t alone in receiving a local streaming news channel as Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami were part of a simultaneous rollout. Similar launches are planned for New York and Los Angeles in the coming months.

“We know the importance of local news to our subscribers, and this further distinguishes the Peacock experience where you can stream everything from award-winning news content to original scripted shows, premium movies, live sports, and more all on our platform,” Jen Brown, senior vice president of program planning for Peacock, said. 

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NBC News Executive Editor David Firestone to Retire in May

Firestone plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in the journalism business, with the last five coming at NBC.

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NBC News is preparing to goodbye to a journalism veteran as executive editor David Firestone plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in the business, with the last five coming at NBC.

Firestone joined NBC News on May 1, 2017, serving first as the managing editor for NBC News Digital then earning a promotion to executive editor in March of last year.

“It’s time to let someone else come in and take the team forward, to add to the foundation we have built for one of the highest-quality news sites in the country,” Firestone said in a statement provided by TV Newser

“I’m looking forward to traveling with Susan and our family and to spend time with our new grandson, but I can’t wait to read the great journalism that this team is going to produce in the years to come.”

Before his tenure with NBC News, Firestone spent two years as the managing editor at FiveThirtyEight, focusing on politics, particularly the 2016 presidential cycle. Before that, he spent 21 years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times.

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Fareed Zakaria Will Host Original Series on CNN+

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series.

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CNN continues adding content for their upcoming streaming platform CNN+, which will debut in the Spring. The latest to get a show is Fareed Zakaria will host “Flashpoints with Fareed Zakaria.”

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series. He will help the audience comprehend how the world’s most dangerous people and locations have arrived at transformational tipping points.

“This is the history behind the headlines, the stories, people, and forces that created the crises of today,” Zakaria said in a statement about Flashpoints.

“The intriguing backstories that we delve into for Flashpoints have power, betrayal, espionage, and assassination. The storytelling is naturally as thrilling as a John Le Carré novel…except it all really happened,” Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN Worldwide, who oversees the Zakaria series, said. 

The program, filmed in a cinematic style, is expected to begin streaming as an anthology later in 2022 on CNN+. 

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